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I have worked at Stockport Council for nearly two years. I left school at 16 wanting to be a Chef but I soon realised it wasn’t for me.

I heard about the Apprenticeship Scheme and decided that it would be a great opportunity to learn whilst on the job. In February 2015 I got a level 3 apprenticeship with Stockport Council, working in the Elections Department. My role was assisting others, filing and admin. 

I started my NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship at the same time as the General Election in May 2015, so it was a really busy time but I got to learn a lot! 

In October 2015, an opportunity came up for a Scale 3 CSS Officer within the Elections Department so I applied and got the job! The Council was really supportive as I was allowed to complete my NVQ Apprenticeship alongside my new role.

My new role has given me a lot more responsibility as I am now responsible for the booking and staffing of the Polling Stations as well as organising the equipment needed.

Next year I am also starting a Foundation Course with the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) which is the first step towards a full Certificate in Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration. This is my future goal!

I love how varied my role is and no day is the same. Two months ago I was doing Electoral Registration and now I’m helping to organise the forthcoming election. My role at Stockport Council really has been a really exciting opportunity so far!